Quotes to Ponder (1/11/19)

The reason so few Christians really grow in their faith, is they are unwilling to do things strong Christians do to become strong—and often blame the church for it. They are like those who resent the gym for their weight issues. (Tim Spivey)

His grace has forever freed us from needing to prove our righteousness and our worth.  So we remind ourselves every day not to search horizontally for what we’ve already been given vertically. (Paul David Tripp, January 11, New Morning Mercies)

In C. S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, chapter 8 is called the Law of Undulation.  It speaks of the reality that in our life, in every area of life, we experience peaks and troughs–highs and lows.  Remember that these are messages from Screwtape to Wormwood, his demonic nephew.  You can read this chapter online.  Better yet, buy and read the whole book.  There is a newer book, similar to Screwtape Letters, aimed at teenagers, called Lord Foulgrin’s Letters.

“Sooner or later He withdraws, if not in fact, at least from their conscious experience, all those supports and incentives.  He leaves the creature to stand up on its own legs—to carry out from the will alone duties which have lost all relish.  It is during such trough periods, much more than during the peak periods, that it is growing into the sort of creature He wants it to be. Hence the prayers offered in the state of dryness are those which please Him best.”

A couple of other great C. S. Lewis quotes:

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity).

“If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak.  We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea.  We are far too easily pleased.” (26) (Weight of Glory and Other Addresses)

Another from Paul David Tripp’s New Morning Mercies (January 12)…

“In Romans 15:5, Paul calls your Lord ‘the God of endurance.’  This title really gets at the center of where your hope is to be found.  Let me state it plainly: your hope is not to be found in your willingness and ability to endure, but in God’s unshakable, enduring commitment to never turn from his work of grace.  Your hope is that you have been welcomed into communion with One who will endure no matter what….Your perseverance rests on him, and he defines what endurance looks like!  It is the grace of endurance granted to you by the God of endurance that provides you with everything you need to continue to be what he calls you to be and do what he calls you to do between this moment and the moment when you cross over to the other side.  When difficulty exposes the weakness of your resolve and the limits of your strength, you do not have to panic, because he will endue even in those moments when you don’t feel able to do so yourself.”

 

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Lamar Austin

I've graduated from Citadel Bible College in Ozark, Arkansas, with a B. A. Then got my M. Div. and Th. M. at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, MD. I finished with a D. Min. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, but keep on learning. I pastored at Chinese Christian Church of Greater Washington, D. C., was on staff at East Evangelical Free Church in Wichita, KS, tried to plant an EFC in Little Rock, before moving back home to Mena, where I now pastor my home church, Grace Bible Church

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